A Madras High Court bench of acting chief justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and justice RMT Teekaa Raman, on March 28, 2017, permitted the resale of unapproved housing plots, while modifying its earlier order which had put a blanket ban on the registration of their sale and resale.
The bench relaxed its earlier order on the pleas by a batch of petitioners affected by the September 9, 2016 order and seeking to be made parties to the PIL filed by Elephant G Rajendran. The bench said the interests of the poor and the innocent people, who had purchased unapproved plots for the personal, use should be protected and posted the matter to April 11, 2017.
On September 9, 2016, the court had banned the sale and resale of the unapproved housing plots and layouts across Tamil Nadu, on the petition by Rajendran, who had sought steps to stop ‘indiscriminate’ conversion of agricultural land into the one for non-agricultural use. In January, the first bench of the high court had declined to accede to the request of real estate developers to relax its order.